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Whether you’re camping at a festival, taking to the waterways or enjoying a caravan holiday, you’ll want to bear in mind a few simple LPG safety measures.
It’s also worth noting that if you have a business that operates any LPG appliances, you’ll need to adhere to LPG safety regulations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, such as propane or butane, is a flammable fuel that’s used in heating appliances, cooking equipment, and vehicles. You’re likely to come across LPG in camping equipment, BBQ's, and patio heaters, and it’s also frequently used in dwellings like caravans, cabins, boats and rural homes.
Remember, if you rent out your dwelling - even if it’s just a short-term let - you’re classed as a landlord with legal duties when it comes to liquid petroleum gas safety - and gas safety in general.
You’ll need to ensure that all fixed LPG gas appliances are serviced and safety checked every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer. It’s important that your engineer is qualified to work on your property type and the appliance itself. For instance, if you’ve got an LPG cooker on your boat, the engineer will need to be registered to work on boats, cookers and LPG.
Whether you’re buying a brand-new or replacement gas appliance, check that it’s suitable for its intended location and the type of gas that will be used. Make sure your engineer who’s carrying out the installation is Gas Safe registered too.
We’d also highly recommend installing an audible carbon monoxide alarm. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an extremely poisonous gas, and it’s especially dangerous because you can’t see, smell or taste it.
If you’re using a portable appliance with an integral LPG gas canister, follow our LPG safety checklist:
Stay safe when you’re using gas cylinders with our LPG gas cylinder safety tips:
Hoses are used to connect regulators to gas cylinders. It’s important to make sure you treat these carefully, because they can be a vulnerable part of a gas installation: